Hello everyone, I’m Cheyenne Blue, and thanks to the good natures of my friends Andi Marquette and Jove Belle, I’m creeping into the hallowed space of Women and Words to talk about my latest book, All at Sea.
Much of the book takes place on a yacht in the Tasman Sea off the southeast coast of Australia. A party on her family’s pleasure cruiser goes very wrong for Stevie and after getting horribly drunk, she escapes her concerned sister by hiding on an old yacht moored nearby. Stevie thinks she’ll sleep off the booze and then make her way home. But the next morning, she wakes out to sea.
Kaz is an ecowarrior on her way to an environmental protest—and she’s on a tight schedule, one that won’t allow her to return her inadvertent stowaway to shore. Trouble is, Stevie is due to start her new job as a registered nurse in a few days.
Back when I was writing All at Sea, the theme of an environmental warrior trying to save the oceans seemed very topical. After all, climate change was the big news of the day, and ordinary everyday people were starting to do more than simply sign petitions and recycle their wine bottles. There were protests, donations, new and different ways of helping the planet, and the news was chock-a-block with what governments around the world were (or weren’t) doing to try and mitigate climate change.
Then, of course, the coronashit really hit the fan. And suddenly, All at Sea is topical in a totally different way. Many of us are in lockdown, trying to navigate our new lives without going stir-crazy confined to a small space. Maybe we’re finding we have to make more of an effort to get along with the people we’re sharing that space with. We’re wondering how to exercise, cook with limited supplies, and pass the time. And we’re turning to our pets for comfort and entertainment.
It all sounds very like Stevie and Kaz, two very different people confined on a small boat, trying to navigate their way to a sort of détente. They’re luckier than many of us in that their confined space comes with an endless view of the ever-changing ocean, and they have Kaz’s seafaring cat Sinbad with them. You probably have a hot shower in your apartment though, so you’re luckier than Stevie and Kaz in that respect.
Of course, along the way, Stevie and Kaz find they are more alike than they first think and forge a very definite rapport. This book is definitely not a murder-at-sea story!
I hope that you’re coping with your own lockdowns, and have found ways to make them more bearable, maybe even pleasurable. Reading is one thing that’s getting me through my own Coronacation. Gin is another. Maybe Stevie, Kaz, and Sinbad (of course) will help you through your own isolation.
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